Female Founders Event Series

We are now half way through our six-part Female Founders Speaker Series with the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies. Featuring female entrepreneurs from around the state, the series aims to share what it takes to start a company from the ground up. Every month, from January to June, two speakers representing a featured industry share the story of their business, how to get started, lessons learned, where they hope to go in the future, and more. Each event benefits a non-profit organization doing charitable work in a related field. RETN will be filming all events and posting the videos online. In an effort to help achieve RETN’s goal of public access and education, the videos will be available for all.

The first three events (held once a month on the third Monday), featured entrepreneurs from the fields of wellness, manufacturing and design, and food and beverage.

January’s Wellness Working featured Sarah DeGray of REV Indoor Cycling + Fitness, and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine. February’s events highlighted women in manufacturing and design with Corinne Prevot, founder of Skida, and Sascha Mayer and Christine Dodson, co-founders of Mamava. March’s topic was food & beverage with founders Jen Kimmich from The Alchemist and Allison Hooper from Vermont Creamery. All the founders have provided incredibly valuable insight in how to take a craft or idea and build it into a business. You can watch the past three events online courtesy of RETN here.

The upcoming events for April, May and June will explore topics on technology and communications, energy, and arts and culture respectively. Stay tuned to hotelvt.com and our Facebook page for details on each event.

The Vermont Winter Experience Getaway GIVEAWAY!

The snow gods have been much more generous to us in Vermont this winter than in recent years, and while we have had a few warm days, there is still some winter left here and we are living it to the fullest.

We put our heads together with a few of our friends around town to cook up the ultimate Vermont Winter Experience Getaway. In partnership with the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to offer a two-night complimentary stay here at Hotel Vermont, dinner for two at Hen of the Wood – Burlington, and lift tickets to Stowe Mountain Resort!

The giveaway closes March 6th, so enter as soon as you can! ENTER HERE.

Burlington Writers Workshop Mud Season Review

This Saturday, September 17th, the Burlington Writers Workshop will kick off their annual Mud Season Review in conjunction with the Burlington Book Festival. The event, running from 7-10pm, will feature readings by several writers, both well-known as well as emerging local talent, along with a writers-in-the-round event in which writers do a more collaborative/interactive reading. The event will be held in Juniper Hall & Common and includes writers such as Patridge Boswell, Julia Shipley, Chard deNiord and more!
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The Burlington Book Festival runs September 16 – 18 at the UVM Davis Center and literary venues around the city. For the full schedule, visit their website here.

Dog Days at Hotel Vermont

Thank you to everyone who participated in Dog Days here at Hotel Vermont!

The first annual Long Trail Canine Rescue was a success with over 100 attendees, we were able to raise over $7000 for the rescue! In case you missed the event, Eva Solberger from Seven Days’s Stuck in Vermont profiled Kim and John Frigault from Long Trail Rescue and their partnership with Hope 4 a Street Dog, a Costa Rican rescue that helps brings dogs back to the States to be adopted. The video can be viewed here.  Thank you to everyone who attended as well as everyone who donated such amazing items for the silent and live auctions! We hope to put on another fundraiser next summer. Also, thanks to our friends at Andy’s Dandys for supplying delicious doggy turndown treats and snacks for our canine friends.

We also hosted our first Yappy Hour with the Beer Concierge and his pup last night. Starting with a training session by the Humane Society, the event gathered together over 15 dogs and their humans to partake in craft brews, bacon-infused water and light snacks. We hope this is the first of many Yappy Hours to come!

Every Dog Deserves Its Day: A Fundraiser for Long Trail Canine Rescue

Please join us Saturday, August 27th for a fundraising event in support of Long Trail Canine Rescue!

We are proud to support Long Trail’s noble mission of placing homeless animals with lifelong families. They have changed so many lives (both animal and human) through their foster program. Long Trail accepts dogs from all areas but a majority of their animals are rescued from high-kill shelters in the South or are received from Street Dogs of Costa Rica. The organization then works to match the canines in temperament and lifestyle and place them with foster/adoptive families in Vermont and the Northeast.

The event will be outside in our courtyard (rain location Juniper Hall) and will feature top-tier auction items, hors d’oeuvres, a welcome drink, cash bar and live entertainment by Burlington’s own Josh Panda.

All proceeds benefit Long Trail Canine Rescue. Your attendance will help to save lives of dogs near and far.

Tickets are available here.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to donate to our fundraiser, please follow the link below and we thank you for supporting!

http://longtraildogs.org/donate/

Benefit Dinner for Vermont Land Trust

     Next Saturday, July 30th, we are loading up the van and hitting the road to cook at a benefit dinner at Thornhill Farm in Greensboro for the Vermont Land Trust. Championed by Todd Hardie (pictured above), the steward of the land at Thornhill and the organizer of the event, the dinner aims to educate about – and fundraise for- the Land Trust’s mission in a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime setting. Todd is also the founder of Caledonia Spirits, a world renowned bee keeper, and a farmer at Thornhill Farm which grows elderberries, winter rye, barley, pigs and honey bees.
     The Vermont Land Trust is a non- profit land conservation organization and since 1977, they have permanently conserved more than 1,900 parcels of land covering more than 550,000 acres, or about nine percent of the private, undeveloped land in the state. This conserved land includes more than 900 working farms and farmland parcels, hundreds of thousands of acres of productive forestland, and numerous parcels of community land.
     Attendees at the benefit dinner will enjoy food and beverages from VLT-conserved farms such as Pete’s Greens, Jasper Hill Farm, Hill Farmstead Brewery (nearby and open ’til 5:00), Bonnieview Farm, Fable Farm, Ploughgate Creamery, Maple Wind Farm, Jericho Settlers Farm, Templeton Farm, and Sweet Rowan Farmstead. As well as support from friends of the Vermont Land Trust, Red Hen Bakery, Fat Toad Farm, and Vermont Cranberry Company.
     Appetizers and cocktails will start at 5:30 pm with dinner beginning at 6pm. Tickets for this benefit dinner are $140. Proceeds will support the Vermont Land Trust.
     Tickets for this amazing event are for sale here: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/thornhillfundraiser

Bach & Brews with Vermont Public Radio

Thursday, July 14th we are welcoming classical musicians young and old to get together for a sight reading cocktail party. Musicians and enthusiasts are encouraged to grab a beer and pull up a seat to listen and mingle. Any interested musicians should bring their instrument, stand and chamber music to share. The party starts at 6pm in our lobby.

Read more online at vpr.net.